Last week we gave you a little peek into our Halloween costume making obsession. I have to admit that even I think we go overboard sometimes – and this year was no exception. But honestly, when you ask your 4 year old what he wants to be for Halloween & his response is: “Da bwack Jedi Angwy Bird fwom Angwy Birds STAR WARS!!” you simply CANNOT disappoint. I mean…ok yes – he’s obsessed with Angry Birds. But he’s 4 and knows the words ‘Jedi’ and ‘Star Wars.’ I must be doing something right…
And when he sees the finished product and his face lights up like this??
Well every second of that sleepless night and all the hot glue gun burns are suddenly all worth it.
Wondering how we pulled this one off?
How to make a DIY Angry Birds Costume
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 round plastic mesh food covers
- black fabric (we used flannel for some added warmth, but really any black will do)
- foam craft sheets (white, black, orange, grey & yellow)
- small strip of tan coloured fabric (we used burlap)
- brown adult sized t-shirt
- black ski mask
- black pants & black long-sleeved shirt (for your child to wear)
- rotary tool w/cutting blade & drill bit
- hot glue gun
- duct tape
- 4 cable tie fasteners
NOTE: I’m gonna try to use lots of pics & keep the wordy explanations to a minimum while still covering all the steps. I said I’ll try. I’ll probably fail. But in case I miss anything, if you have any questions on any part of the DIY feel free to ask away in the comments below and Kes & I will try to answer as best we can. Here goes…
- Your 2 food covers are going to become the body of the bird – top & bottom, joined in the middle. You’ll need to cut openings for your child’s head, feet & arms. We started out using a heavy duty scissors, but
after the scissors brokewe quickly realized the plastic is stronger than it looks. So out came the rotary tool, which made pretty easy work of it. If there is one thing we learned about this step it’s measure, measure and measure again. And when you’re done taking super accurate measurements, make sure you mark them correctly before you start cutting. Or you could end up having to do a little hot glue repair. Which TOTALLY didn’t happen to me.
Its a good idea to keep the openings small to start, then dry fit & adjust the sizes as needed.
Side note: Doing the actual dry fit is MUCH easier than getting your child to stand still long enough to take a picture of it.
TIP: Use duct tape to cover your cut edges. It’ll provide extra support and also make them nice & smooth to keep your little one from getting scratched by raw plastic.
And there you have it!
As an added touch I gave him a little lightsaber. Because…you know, I had to. To make that, I just took one of Kash’s foam glow sticks that he had from last Canada Day & added a couple of grey foam sheets to it to make a handle & a little red foam dot for the button. 🙂
So what do you think? Is he worthy of the force? Ready to bust some Piggies?